Alexander Donchenko joins Mustafa Yilmaz in the lead of Tata Steel Challengers 2023

The sixth round of the Tata Steel Challengers 2023 was played today in Wijk aan Zee. Three games finished with the decisive results, with Alexander Donchenko defeating Eline Roebers to join Turkish Champion Mustafa Yilmaz in the lead of the event.

Vaishali R scored her first victory in the tournament after beating Jergus Pechac. It was a drawish endgame which looked tougher for the Indian, but Pechac blundered the tactical motive in the first move after the time control and immediately resigned.

Erwin L’Ami was victorious against his compatriot Max Warmerdam with white pieces. L’Ami had a slightly worse position in the early middlegame but Warmerdam made a huge mistake with 27…Rfc8. L’Ami used his chances and won the game.

After six played rounds, Mustafa Yilmaz and Alexander Doncheko tie for first with 4.5/6 points, while Velimir Ivic and Javokhir Sindarov trail by half a point.

Rankings after 6 played rounds:

1  Yilmaz, Mustafa 4½/6 2609
2  Donchenko, Alexander 4½/6 2627
3  Ivic, Velimir 4/6 2585
4  Sindarov, Javokhir 4/6 2654
5  Beerdsen, Thomas 3½/6 2515
6  Supi, Luis Paulo 3/6 2608
7  Tabatabaei, M. Amin 3/6 2686
8  Adhiban, B. 3/6 2610
9  L’Ami, Erwin 3/6 2627
10  Mishra, Abhimanyu 2½/6 2559
11  Warmerdam, Max 2½/6 2616
12  Roebers, Eline 2/6 2361
13  Vaishali, Rameshbabu 2/6 2425
14  Pechac, Jergus ½/6 2637


Photo by Jurriaan Hoefsmit – Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023